A Wreath of Christmas Poems

A Wreath of Christmas Poems

A Wreath of Christmas Poems

A Wreath of Christmas Poems

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Surely Virgil's "prophetic" Eclogue must be the oldest of all Christmas poems, for it was written about 40 B.C. Actually the poet sang of the coming Golden Age to honor the birth of the son of Pollio, an important Roman politician of the day. But the people of the Middle Ages became convinced that Virgil had had a revelation and was really announcing the birth of the King of Kings. It was the Emperor Constantine himself who first publicized the idea. Later the allegory was developed by the learned scholar Servius and by many others after him. Thus Virgil came to be almost a saint in the minds of Christian writers, and Dante chose him for his guide on the path of salvation in the Divine Comedy. This translation is by J. Laughlin.

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